“With God Nothing Will Be Impossible”
by Pastor Mark
December 22, 2016
A seemingly impossible task
When we think about the difficult challenges of life, we tend to think of how extremely hard it is for us to overcome them. We may even feel that they are truly impossible things to rise above. But whatever challenges we may have to encounter, it would be nothing compared to the challenge that Mary was faced with.
The angel of the Lord revealed to her that she had been highly favored by God and she would conceive in her womb and bring forth a Son. (Luke 1:31) Mary struggled with this revelation from God as she had not known a man. It was seemingly an impossible thing to happen.
The revelation of the word of God
What was God’s word to Mary? The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35)
What an amazing revelation given to Mary by the angel! It was humanly impossible for Mary to have a child as a virgin. But through the Holy Spirit, the power of God would be given…to overshadow her and to create that special Child in her womb. God would not reveal something that is false. This was the word of God…a prophecy that would be fulfilled.
“For with God nothing will be impossible.”
The angel then gave a wonderful assurance to Mary, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37) How should we understand this promise?
1. According to the word of God
This verse is often misapplied. Some people tend to think that we can apply it to every single situation or request. This is not what the Greek text suggests. In the Greek, there is the additional phrase “pan rhema” which is translated “every word”. This is a reference to the word of God…the words that the angel had promised. This gives to us a more complete understanding…with every word of God, nothing is impossible. It is with regards to the promises of God that nothing would be impossible for Him. Let us be assured that whatever God had promised in His word, He would also fulfil it.
2. The emphasis of the double negative
There is a double negative being brought across. The negative words are “nothing” and “impossible” which really means “all things are possible”. The double negative creates the emphasis to state truly there is absolutely nothing that is impossible with God. Let us appreciate the emphasis on the certainty of the promises of God.
3. The power of God
We believe in God and His power. We believe that God has the power (dunamis) to do the impossible (adunateo). No matter how difficult or seemingly impossible the task may be, the dynamic power of God can fulfil it. Let us believe in God and His power.
The challenge for us to cultivate faith
Mary was able to believe and to appreciate how God can do the impossible for us with regards to all of His word. In the same way, let us be challenged to believe that God can do the seemingly impossible for us this Christmas. A very Blessed and Merry Christmas to all.